What is Service Learning?
Service Learning is a method of teaching and learning that connects classroom lessons with meaningful service to the community. Through service to others, a student stretches the boundaries of his education and in the process, discovers more about himself and the community, society, and environment in which he lives.
All actions have tendrils. At The Haverford School, our boys see firsthand the big impact of small acts. Service learning is not mandated or assigned; it is intrinsic to who we are. We encourage our students to be mindful of their fellow citizens, channel their energy toward a common good, and become a voice for those in need. It is through these types of partnerships that preconceived notions are shifted, relationships are built, and the Essential Qualities of a Haverford Graduate, including compassion and respect for all, are put into action. – Jini Loos, Director of Service Learning
Service Learning curriculum
Community service is integrated into the classroom beginning in pre-kindergarten and becomes part of the boys’ educational foundation.
- Lower School boys serve the elderly, homeless, and hungry in their community, fostering empathy, sensitivity, and gratitude.
- Middle School students address neighborhood needs close to home and in the community of our partner school in Puerto Rico.
- The Upper School’s Student Service Board conceives of and facilitates projects ranging from inner city tutoring and sports clinics, to charity walks and lobbying initiatives.
Fundamental pillarsService projects adhere to the five fundamental pillars of The Haverford School’s Service Leadership Initiative: framework for ethical behavior, sound decision-making skills, sense of service to others, ability to empathize with others, and self-awareness and social reflection.
Jini LoosDirector of Service Learning
Doing service can help you:
- make a positive contribution to your community
- develop motivation, responsibility, leadership, and problem solving skills
- experience positive relationships with peers and community members
- replace stereotypes with respect for others
- be exposed to career options
- improve your sense of self
- be better prepared for college and the workplace